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Tuesday, Apr 112:33 PM|Tuesday, Apr 112:33 PM| Comment!
Tuesday, Apr 17:54 AM
Tuesday, Apr 17:54 AM| Comment!
- Honda (HMC) was the major automaker that increased prices the most in the U.S. during March, according to data compiled by Kelley Blue Book.
- The industry as a whole increased prices by 1.4%, according to the research firm. The gain could alleviate some concern that the industry was pushing too hard on the incentives lever.
- March auto sales reports by manufacturer are due out today.
- Transaction price changes (Y/Y): Chrysler (FIATY) +3.1%, Ford (F) +1.7%, General Motors (GM) +1.8%, Hyundai (HYMLF) +2.2%, Nissan (NSANY) -3.1%, Toyota (TM) +2.3%, Volkswagen (VLKAY) +2.6%.
Wednesday, Mar 262:53 PM
Wednesday, Mar 262:53 PM| 3 Comments
- Auto sales in the U.S. should snap back in March, according to a new forecast from Kelley Blue Book.
- The research firm expects sales to rise to 1.475M units, up almost 24% from February.
- A modest increase in incentives from automakers will roughly offset gains in average transaction prices, according to KBB.
- March growth forecast by manufacturer: Chrysler (FIATY) +7.2%, Toyota (TM) +2.3%, Nissan (NSANY) +1.7%, Ford (F) +1.0%, General Motors (GM) +0.4%, Honda (HMC) +0.0%, Hyundai (HYMLF) -2.1%, Volkswagen (VLKAY) -7.8%.
Wednesday, Mar 2611:19 AM
Wednesday, Mar 2611:19 AM| 116 Comments
- Automobile dealerships no longer provide value for consumers, concludes a research paper by INSEAD professor Karan Girotra.
- "Car dealers and more generally intermediaries represent an extra layer of companies in the supply chain that clearly increases costs to customers," writes the prof.
- The industry has evolved such that a consumer could search and research a car online, test-drive at a product gallery, and service a purchased vehicle at a reputable repair shop without needing the backstop of a manufacturer-certified dealership, concludes Girotra.
- Related stocks: GM, F, TM, FIATY, HMC, NSANY, TSLA, VLKAY, DDAIF, HYMLF, BAMXY, KIMTF, MMTOF, PEUGF, RNSDF, TTM.
Wednesday, Mar 266:58 AM
Wednesday, Mar 266:58 AM| Comment!
- Hyundai (HYMLF) is considering opening a fourth plant in China to help it meet local demand.
- The automaker will sign an agreement with the government of Chongqing to allow it to study potential plant locations.
- Sale in China for Hyundai topped one million for the first time as it sliced some market share away from Toyota and Honda.
Tuesday, Mar 257:12 AM
Tuesday, Mar 257:12 AM| 3 Comments
- Ford (F) and General Motors (GM) are still spinning their wheels in India with each claiming a market share of only around 3% in what is tapped to be the third largest automobile market in the world by 2018.
- The Detroit automakers have been slow to adapt to local tastes for small sub-$10K cars.
- The "big two" in the nation are Suzuki (SZKMF) and Hyundai (HYMLF) which combined account for over half of all automobile sales in India.
Monday, Mar 247:30 AM
Monday, Mar 247:30 AM| 14 Comments
- An early read on automobile sales from J.D. Power and Associates indicates sales for March are tracking at an annual selling rate of 15.6M.
- The mark is slightly below the research firm's forecast of 15.8M.
- Analysts sees March as a make-or-break month for the industry if it hopes to reach full-year expectations after weather stalled traffic during the January and February.
- Prices will also be closely watched in March with inventory levels running high. Kelley Blue Book notes the average transaction price in March is up 1.6% Y/Y to $32,100 so far.
- Related stocks: GM, F, TM, FIATY, HMC, NSANY, TSLA, VLKAY, DDAIF, HYMLF, BAMXY.
Monday, Mar 246:50 AM|Monday, Mar 246:50 AM| 1 Comment
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Tuesday, Mar 41:53 PM
Tuesday, Mar 41:53 PM| 2 Comments
- The overall tone at the Geneva Motor Show is positive as sales patterns in Europe have stabilized and even shown some pockets of strength. Perhaps the biggest question is if the sales gains are organic or the results of heavy discounting? Autohaus PulsSchlag reports price cuts of at least 10% at most major manufacturers.
- European automakers are downplaying the impact on sales in Russia from the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Russia is Europe's second largest automobile market and is expected to pass Germany within a few years.
- Jeep unveiled its all-new 2015 Renegade compact crossover SUV. The model is unique in that it will feature seven different engine choices tailored to different global markets.
- BMW announced plans to build over ten new smaller models on its latest platform. The Mini Clubman concept has created a stir with analysts.
- New models from Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Maserati show that the ultra-wealthy haven't been forgotten by automakers at the show. Related stocks: GM, F, TM, FIATY, HMC, NSANY, TSLA, VLKAY, DDAIF, HYMLF, BAMXY, MMTOF, PEUGF, RNSDF, TTM, SZKMY, FUJHY, RNSDF.
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Thursday, Feb 273:59 PM
Thursday, Feb 273:59 PM| 2 Comments
- New U.S. auto sales are expected to rise just 0.8% Y/Y in February, according to Edmunds.com, which expects to be hampered by poor winter weather for the second month in a row.
- Edumnds estimates 1.2M new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. in February, up from slightly less than 1.2M a year ago and improving from January's total.
- Among major auto makers, roughly 5% sales declines are projected for GM and Ford (F), with more modest sales drops seen at Toyota (TM) and Honda (HMC); Fiat Chrysler (FIATY) and Nissan (NSANY) are likely report double-digit sales increases, and Hyundai (HYMLF) sales are expected to rise 2%.
Tuesday, Feb 187:08 AM
Tuesday, Feb 187:08 AM| 3 Comments
- European car sales increased 5.2% in January as the recovery in the region started to broaden out to countries such as Greece and Portgual.
- Volkswagen (VLKAY) and Peugeot (PEUGY) were outperformers with sales gains of 7.6% and 3.8% respectively, according to the Association of European Carmakers. Hyundai (HYMLF) was on the other side of the ledger with a 5.5% drop in sales during the month.
- Of the Detroit automakers, Ford (F) has the best month with a 8.8% rise in sales.
Tuesday, Feb 43:06 PM
Tuesday, Feb 43:06 PM| 24 Comments
- IHS Automotive forecasts global electric vehicle production will increase 67% this year as a number of major automakers (DDAIF, BAMXY, TTM, HYMLF) enter the category (EV and plug-in hybrids) or try new markets.
- Europe will account for 40% of all EV production, followed by Asia at 30% and the U.S. with 27%, according to IHS.
- Three EV trends to watch: 1) Automakers (NSANY, TM, GM) needed a high level of incentives to spur electric car demand in the U.S. last year. Will 2014 be any different? 2) Demand in China for EVs could soar if the government keeps instituting mandates to lower pollution in major cities. 3) The war of words between Tesla (TSLA) and Toyota (TM) on electric batteries vs. hydrogen could intensify late in the year as the much-hyped Toyota FCV debut gets closer.
Tuesday, Feb 48:37 AM
Tuesday, Feb 48:37 AM| Comment!
- Hyundai (HYMLF) showed off its new subcompact in India earlier today, although pricing of the small sedan is still a mystery.
- The Xcent will challenge entrants from Honda (HMC) and Suzuki (SZKMY) in the tough Indian automobile market.
- The model is sizes small enough to qualify for tax breaks from Indian buyers after other major automakers stumbled with larger-sized vehicles.
Tuesday, Feb 48:00 AM
Tuesday, Feb 48:00 AM| 44 Comments
- Federal regulators indicate they aim to require automakers (GM, F, TM, FIATY, HMC, NSANY, VLKAY, HYMLF, TSLA, FUJHY) to install technology that helps to warn drivers if a crash is imminent using data broadcast from other vehicles .
- Cars and trucks would be required to have special technology which would emit data through radio signals. The rate of accidents could be lowered by up to 80% through successful adoption of the program, according to the NHTSA.
- Privacy advocates oppose the technology while security experts warn hackers could be disruptive in the area.
- Implementation of the technology standard is expected to be at least a few years off.